In the last chapter, Butler provides various ideals in effort to rid the Chokehold in its entirety. In chapter 8, “Woke: Unlocking the Chokehold” Butler opens the chapter by informing the reader that racial inequality is something that has been around for some time. As far back as I can remember African-Americans, specifically mean have never been treated the same as any other race. There have been attempts to end discrimination, however, none of these attempts warranted any long-term solutions. One instance that Butler believes should have been a major turning point was Barack Obama being elected President.
Malcolm X, in his speech, focused on how important the African American vote could be, or meant, in the American political process. He had realized it was the time for Black America to wake up and take their voting power serious. When he remarked, it is time for African Americans to “become more politically mature and realize what the ballot is for,” he was stressing that the voting block of black people must be unified, and African Americans should strive for some type of nationalism. Savio’s speech purely embraced civil disobedience and protest as how it was utilized during the 60s. When Savio referred to “put your bodies on all of the gears, wheels, and levers,” he was singling for more types of boycotts and sit-ins because he saw that it was a method towards progress.
Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come’ is a song that defined a generation while bringing the oppression and injustice that African Americans experienced, on a daily basis, to the forefront of society. Around the same time that Cooke released “A Change is Gonna Come”, America was in harsh turmoil. On the inside of our country, people were still allowing African Americans to be mistreated, just as they were before the abolition of slavery in 1865. Martin Luther King Jr. was making tremendous strides in the progression of the Civil Rights movement, but it could not be him alone fighting for the rights of a whole race. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, which began the “1960s” era for many people.
When the South attacked Fort Sumter, Lincoln was given an opportunity to reexamine his public stance on slavery. He had previously taken a neutral position in an attempt to silence the South, but now he had an opportunity to recant and do something about slavery, and more importantly, he had an opportunity to win the war by taking the Confederate’s forces right out from under them. By the time one year of war rolled around, Lincoln had started considering partial emancipation. In July of 1862, the South, supported by unwilling soldiers, was scoring many victories. Lincoln noticed that slaves were being forced to fight for their masters, and came to the conclusion that emancipation would weaken the Confederate forces significantly.
Near the end of the beginning King says “There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights”(King 2). This citation shows how King and all other African Americans will not stop fighting for equal rights until they get their rights. I can surmise that this citation really doesn 't mean that he won 't sleep but not stop protesting and speaking out to end all forms of racism. To continue, King also says that we must stop racism now and for good. In the beginning of the speech he says “We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now”(King 2).
Abstract: I Have a Dream is public speech made by Martin Luther King in Lincoln Memorial, 1963. It mainly talked about the equality problem of African American. Since Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation, African Americans were waiting for the day when they were really free. However, even a hundred years later, the black people were still discriminated and their life still the same. I Have a Dream was written in such condition to fight for their own rights.
Abraham Lincoln died for civil rights when slavery was abolished when he signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865, but still African-Americans were being discriminated and segregated form the whites. True equality was not shown until The Civil Rights Act of 1965 that desegregated schools, restaurants, and other locations in America was signed gave African-Americans a chance at true freedom and equality which is what America is supposed to mean. For 100 years the battle for civil rights was fought and came true, it took a nation to be divide to go to war with each other. It also started a huge movement in America in the 1960s that revolutionized a country and changed it forever. King believed in this change and was able to lead a movement and succeed with it.
Indeed, the title of the speech “I have a dream” only became a slogan of the civil rights movement due to the repetition of King’s vision which is always preluded by the statement. King acts as the sole voice of the “Blacks” and suggests “I have a dream”: “one day this nation will live out the true meaning of its creed…one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of the former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood…every valley shall be exalted”. By repeating this phrase King is able to envision a new America that is truly united and illicit feelings of hope amongst his followers because the repetition engrains King vision in their minds. King further uses facts to support his “dream” as he delineates all of America when he prolongs that even in “Alabama with its vicious racists” there will be brotherhood amongst the “Blacks and Whites”. Similar to Alabama, southern states of Georgia and Mississippi were also reliant on slave labour to power their agricultural industry.
If Martin Luther King Jr. did not have the courage to speak out, the world we live in today would be very different. In America, Martin Luther King Jr. is known as the leader of the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr changed the world by ending segregation, so people of all races will be equal. During his trip to freedom, he risked his life and hosted protests and boycotts to gain freedom for all African Americans. Because of his actions, everyone in America is welcome and treated the same.
Later in the movie, while on a radio talk show for his controversial “Mantan: The Minstrel’s Millennium Show.” He expresses his full view on the African American community. Stating that the people are living in the past, and will be left behind by the other races in America. Believing that if the community was to be better acknowledged, they must catch up and be part of the bigger community. Another representation of the community are the characters Manray and Womack. Both characters along with other minor characters represent the people that would do anything, as long as the money is good.